January 27th 2009

“What is God’s will for me?”

“For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding.”

Colossians 1:9 NKJ

Don’t we all want to know God’s will for us? How often we face decisions, sometimes of a serious nature, and cry out to know what to do or where to go or how to behave. Each of us asks, “What is God’s will for me?”

Note, however, that God’s will for us is very clear, “For this is the will of God, your sanctification” (I Thessalonians 4:3). God’s primary will for us is that we grow in holiness. He began by granting us forgiveness of our sins, setting us right before Him, through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, intending that the process continue through Jesus’ living His life in us now. As we yield to His lead in our lives, by means of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:13-14), we are made more and more in His likeness. We are a new creation, but the creation is a work in progress. It will not be complete until the day of Jesus Christ (Jesus’ return or our death). The comforting thing is that Jesus will complete it. “He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6).

But what about the decisions of our day to day life, does God have a will for us?

Yes, He does. He wants us to make wise decisions based on good information, correct understanding and sound wisdom, as Paul highlighted to the Colossians in the leading verse. If we lack any of these we can ask God to provide for us. “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5).

Above all, God’s will for us is that we grow more and more to be like His beloved Son, our righteous Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Father in Heaven,
Help me to see the will that you have for me, that I might reflect more and more the life of your Son and that I will grow a little more like Him each day as I face the decisions of daily life.


Study by David Stirk

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